Who We Are
Associate Director: John Caravetta
What We Do
The Plant Services Division safeguards agriculture, food and the environment from the risks associated with the entry, establishment and spread of plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds thereby promoting agricultural sustainability, market access and competitiveness.
Increased execution of various trade agreements has resulted in a higher incidence of trade into and out of the United States and, subsequently, Arizona. Many pests common to foreign countries present a significant threat to Arizona's agricultural industry, public well-being and associated quality of life. As more commerce enters Arizona, and significant weather events continue, the risk of introducing plant pests or diseases from other states or foreign countries increases.
A number of states and countries have specific phytosanitary and quarantine requirements for agricultural crops grown in Arizona. These requirements could limit a producer’s ability to access these markets if not monitored, tested, inspected, and certified. The Plant Services Division provides a number of certification services to facilitate the export of qualifying commodities that include nursery stock, tree nuts, seed products, produce, and more.
Introduction of non-native plant pests can have devastating effects on the yield of agricultural and horticultural commodities, and can increase industry production costs through pesticide applications for eradication or control of destructive pests. Plant pests reduce the quality of products and threaten the demand for Arizona products.
Arizona continues to enjoy freedom from numerous exotic pests that have cost infested states millions of dollars in attempted control or eradication. Through efforts to exclude, detect and mitigate exotic species establishment, the Plant Services Division protects the quality of Arizona agriculture and market access for our agricultural commodities produced here.
Protection of domestic crops, natural resources, and residential landscapes from invasion by exotic pests is an extremely important component of our agricultural safeguarding system. Safeguarding is achieved, in part, through structured, targeted, passive pest detection trapping schemes that efficiently determine the presence or absence of high-risk, high-impact pests of concern not known to occur in Arizona. Trapping programs act as an early detection system which can allow the pest mitigation process to be implemented early and the chances for successful eradication are improved. Maintaining a ‘Free-from” status for specific pests is essential in allowing continued domestic and global market access.
Regulatory restrictions safeguard Arizona’s agricultural commodities by providing guidelines by which regulated material can, or cannot, be move into and/or within the state that are not covered under Federal regulation. These restrictions come in the form of statute (Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S)) and rule (Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.)). Regulatory authority on international trade resides with USDA-APHIS under regulations found in the code of federal regulation (7 CFR).
File a Complaint
File a complaint or report suspicious plant pests, diseases or other activity.
The Arizona Plant Diagnostic Network is designed to link growers and master gardeners with plant experts in your community and with plant scientists at the University of Arizona. These experts are available to answer questions about plant health as well as help identify new and emerging plant pests and pathogens in Arizona. The overall goal is to make the public more aware of incoming threats to the plants and produce in our State.
PSD Photo of the Month - September 2018
Associate Director, John Caravetta works with Phoenix Operations Manager, Keith Miller, and former Phoenix Operations Supervisor, Scott Yates, in the use of new technology for the early detection of Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA). The early detection and rapid response actions taken by the Department are a priority in maintaining the pest freedom Arizona benefits from in the absence of the establishment of this dangerous plant pest. RIFA costs the U.S. billions of dollars annually in damage to agricultural crops and equipment, livestock, wildlife, public health, and electrical and utility units. Control methods are extremely costly.
For counties: Maricopa, Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal and Yavapai
Phoenix Operational Unit
Keith Miller, Operations Manager
1688 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Fax: (602) 542-1004
For counties: Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz
Tucson Operational Unit
Edward Carr, Operations Manager
400 W. Congress, Suite 124
Tucson, AZ 85701
Fax: (520) 628-6961
For counties: Yuma & La Paz
Yuma Operational Unit
Tony Joseph, Operations Manager
1931 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 4
Yuma, AZ 85364
Fax: (928) 341-1750